First-leg win brings Jurmala to the Finals

JURMALA - While it was University of Tartu coming away with the 83-81 victory over Jurmala, it was the hosts still smiling after the final buzzer, as it meant their 12-point first game lead was enough for them to make their first BBL Finals in team history.


Jurmala had won the first match-up between the two clubs by 12 points, 81-69, therefore their task was so much easier today. The Latvians made sure they had the upper hand in the first half, as they led by a combined margin of 17.

Nevertheless, Coach Priit Vene brought some life into his side during halftime, and they came firing back, as they cut the deficit in half in the third quarter alone. They couldn't get any close enough, though, and ended up with a meaningless two-point victory.

Ervins Jonats had a double-double night, scoring 16 and adding 12 boards. Ugis Pinete scored another 16 points, while Denis Krestinin ended the night with 12.

For Tartu, their main scoring outlets were Kristjan Kitsing and Janar Talts, as they tallied 21 and 19 points, respectively, also adding 7 rebounds apiece. Vytenis Cizauskas finished the game with 13 points in his account